Hanon x Diadora B. Elite “Spirit of ‘83”.

by Henrik Buzzi

Hanon and Italian sports brand Diadora join forces this Autumn and are proud to present The Spirit of ’83.
The Spirit of ’83 is a tribute to Aberdeen Football Club and its finest moment in 1983. On a rainy night in Sweden a group of eleven Scottish players won the European Cup Winners Cup led by then, upcoming manager Alex Ferguson. Overcoming Bayern Munich en route to the final in Gothenburg, the team saw offSpanish giants Real Madrid to secure the club’s first ever European trophy.
Paying tribute to AFC’s historic achievement, hanon have worked with Diadora on a special edition Made in Italy sneaker. Our silhouette of choice is the B.Elite, a classic tennis shoe of the era and one time signature model of court legend Bjorn Borg. Hand crafted at Diadora’s original factory in the small town of Caerano Di San Marco, the shoe features a premium upper of butter soft suede and kangaroo leather.
To represent the colours worn on the night of the Final, our hanon edition of the B.Elite is finished in an Aberdeen fire-red with white accents and tonal side stripe. A lux pin stripe collar lining reflects the original tops worn by the players and 83 is embroidered on the right heel to identify the famous year.
Working closely with the original Italian factory allowed us to utilize the same premium material treatments as Diadora once applied to their legendary court shoes and football boots during the ’80’s. We have spec’d the shoe up as much possible and included a laminated kangaroo leather tongue with a plush backer, as well as a double layered stitched leather insole. Dual branding features throughout – embossed and printed on each back- tab and tongue, whilst our Keeps On Burning fire emblem and 83 are detailed on opposing heels.

The Spirit Of 83 B.Elite will be sold exclusively hanon on October 10th. Each pair will come with a special edition customized 83 box dust bag and dual lace set.